Hellboy fans are well aware of the impending return of their favorite demonic hero as creator Mike Mignola returns to write and illustrate the post-mortem adventures of his popular creator. With several issues in the can and ready to go, readers can look forward to a stretch of stories when the ongoing series debuts in December from Dark Horse Comics, which is good because nobody’s looking forward to the series more than Mignola himself.
“It’s definitely not pits of fire and the devils with pitchforks,” Mignola told CBR when we first discussed the series with him in July. “It’s definitely not that. I’ve read a lot of different Hell stuff, and so the basic structure of my Hell is the [John] Milton Hell. I use his city Pandemonium as the capital city of Hell. I’ve got a specific kind of geography for Hell. But the main characteristic for my Hell is that it’s made up of everything that I want to draw… Everything is a distorted version. I don’t trip over things like, “How the hell do you draw a Buddist temple?” I can just make up my version of that. It’s very liberating to me as an artist because the one thing that I did stumble over with certain things was the reality. Now I’m in this fantasy location, and a lot of stories that have been save on the shelf are being dusted off because it will be more fun to do them in this setting.”
Below, check out the first four pages from “Hellboy in Hell” #1, previously available only via Dark Horse’s digital horror sampler, and scroll further down for an exclusive advance peek at the first few pages from the series’ second issue!